Clear Creek

(nr Eagle Nest NM)
Before leaving Cimarron Canyon, I took a hike up the mountain on a trail following Clear Creek. There were supposed to be a couple of waterfalls to see. Numerous cascades made the trek enjoyable; but, after an hour in, no falls of reasonable size were found.

Cimarron Canyon, Clear Creek

Clear Creek

A rest and snack was had before heading back down. The tumbling water, rocks, aspens and pines made pleasant surroundings. All of that splendid nature was just for me; as I saw no one else on the trail until almost out of the woods.

Cimarron Canyon, Clear Creek

Two drops in the creek

Cimarron Canyon, Clear Creek

Cool, clear water

Since my legs held up, and I was feeling good, I anticipated another similar hike along Tolby Creek. But alas, that trail was closed May 15 thru July 31; I’m guessing due to birthing season for the elk herds in that area.

Cimarron Canyon, Clear Creek

Trail in the forest

Cimarron Canyon, Clear Creek

Clear Creek with side feeder

I checked out the Tolby Campground which didn’t seem as nice as Maverick where I stayed. Still, it was near to the headwaters of the Cimarron River. At that point, it was then a meandering stream with a mass of wildflowers.

Cimarron Canyon

Cimarron River Headwaters & Wildflowers

So then, it was on to the little mountain village of Eagle Nest for lunch and to my next camp at the lake.

Camp: Eagle Nest Lake SP drycamp
Scene: Creek, cascades, wildflowers

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